EMQ’s With Norrsköld

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EMQ’s With Norrsköld

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Swedish Melodic Black/ Folk Metal band, Norrsköld. Huge thanks to guitarist Henrik Bodin-Sköld for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Henrik Bodin-Sköld, guitarist and main songwriter in Norrsköld. Norrsköld started out pretty much as a studio project by me in 2013. The overall ambition of the music was to combine “the best of worlds” considering melodic metal and black metal. A large part of the inspiration for the song writing came from early 90’s Scandinavian acts like Dimmu Borgir, Dissection, Opeth and In Flames. So, the aim of Norrsköld has been “What would it sound like if all of these bands would join forces and create something with a modern production?” And we write music that somewhat corresponds to this. Norrsköld had a live performance era between 2015-2018, including European tours with Amon Amarth and Nightrage etc. Nowadays, the main focus is once again on creating and recording music as a studio project. However, live shows in the future are not an impossibility.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s basically a wordplay with my origin (Norrland) and my family name (Sköld). Initially it felt like a natural name for the one-man studio project it all began with.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Me, I’m from the northern part of Sweden (Hälsingland region). Most of the other guys / girls that have been / are a part of the project comes from the west coast of Sweden (Gothenburg primarily).

What is your latest release?

Three singles have been released in October / November, prior to the release of our new album Prisma Aeternus (release date on Spotify and similar platforms 2022-11-07). Music videos have also been produced for two of these singles, available on our official Youtube channel.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Metal wise I’d say Dissection, Opeth and early In Flames. In general, most influence has been taken from soundtracks to movies and video games (an underrated source of inspiration).

What first got you into music?

I stumbled upon a keyboard at a very early age (4 or so). Then we have this thing in Sweden called municipal music education, where every kid gets the chance to get educated in one or several instruments “for free” during the primary school years. I believe this is one of the explanations that Sweden has produced so many acknowledged musicians throughout the years.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

It would be really interesting to record / perform an album together with a grand orchestra in a great concert hall sometime. To really explore the soundscape in all dimensions. Would also be a cool thing to co-arrange a song or two together with the Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds. 

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I’d say we would fit pretty good in the Wacken context. It just feels like a natural habitat for our kind of melodic death / black metal hybrid.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Once after a gig, a guy comes up to the stage giving me a hand drawn portrait of myself, which he’d been creating with crayons during the concert. Honouring but unexpected.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Melodic metal can still be interesting! If you’re into death / black metal and want a touch of Scandinavian sounding melodies, Norrsköld should definitely be considered.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Cliff Burton. Even though he accomplished great things while being alive, I think he had a lot left in the tank in terms of composing REALLY interesting and harmonic metal. A truly open-minded musician.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Having the gift of expressing oneself in not only words, but also in tones. I believe some feelings and moods are not possible to express in words, why composing is such a unique medium for this.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Well, make better room for up-and-coming artists on the greater platforms / venues. There’s a great need of “refreshment” especially in the metal scene. There are SO many exceptionally good bands out there that get stuck in the struggle of actually reaching out. 

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Morningrise” by Opeth. A timeless classic. Delicate mix of nature romanticism, death metal aggressiveness and a haunting melancholy created with almost weeping guitars. Mikael Åkerfeldts finest.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Soundwise it’s definitely vinyl. Although in order to find an artist that actually deserves to be listened to on vinyl, download / streaming services are gold for discovering new (and not necessarily world famous) artists.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Must have been at arenas in St. Petersburg and Moscow, together with Amon Amarth. There was an overwhelming response from the audience, especially in Moscow.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Myself, I actually work in the environmental business, with focus on climate change. It’s a pretty decent work for being a “non-artsy” one. As a main alternative, I’d say being a full time author.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Not to unexpected maybe, but I would arrange a “composer’s dinner” with representatives from different genres. I’d really like to hear the stories behind how come up with their own special kind of music, and generally listen to how they create songs. I’d invite Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish), John Frusciante (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) and, resurrected from their graves, Cliff Burton (Metallica) and Jon Nödtveit (Dissection). I imagine quite interesting discussions around the table. And a lot of drinks.

What’s next for the band?

Heavy focus on promoting the new album and videos. Maybe do some playthroughs. Will also continue to write and perfect new music during next year. 

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Mostly Instagram, Facebook and Youtube. Check out our channels / accounts!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Definitely a bis-cake hybrid.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank YOU for taking the time to notice our music! Just want to recommend everyone to give our music a listen, especially if you’re into ultra-melodic and catchy black / death metal music.

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EMQ’s With Cerebral Extinction

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EMQ’s With Cerebral Extinction

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Italian Technical/ Brutal Death Metal band, Cerebral Extinction. Huge thanks to their guitarist, Michele, for taking part. 

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hi everyone, I am Michele and I am currently the guitarist and one of the two founding members. The birth of the band happened almost by chance from the meeting with Malshum who has covered the role of vocalist since the birth of the band in 2012.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name chosen was the union of some ideas between me and Malshum. It all came naturally without there being a particular story behind it. Okay, let’s use that !!!

What Country / Region are you from and what is the Metal / Rock scene like there?

The band is located in Northern Italy even if we are all scattered around. I live in Brescia, Malshum in Peschiera del Garda, Nicola the drummer in Milan and Wally the bass player lives in Bologna, a situation facilitated by technology. I must say that in the in our area the scene as far as extreme metal is concerned is alive and well although some clubs have had to close due to lockdown but the bands are very active and interesting.

What is your latest release?

Our new effort is “Escape From Illusion”, the third studio album released on July 15th for Amputated Vein Records, which was preceded by the single ‘4 Eyes of Chaos’ here

https://youtu.be/9aW-Tp322Us

Who have been your greatest influences?

In this work we can say that we have been very influenced by a more modern sound and approach to Death Metal. Inferi, Archspire, Beneath The Massacre are among our main sources of inspiration being the right mix between brutality and melody and this is the path that we want also go with the next job.

What first got you into music?

For me, having entered the world of music was a foregone conclusion, let’s say my father being a guitar teacher and music has always been an integral part of my family’s culture, but everything happened spontaneously and naturally.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

I think on behalf of everyone we would like to host Tobi Morelli of Archspire as a guest on a solo, maybe it will happen in the future.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Because of the quality that has been well known for years, I would opt for Brutal Assault, which has always been a passion of mine.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

 I would not say strange but a pleasant surprise. Everything happened in relation to my birthday and this friend and fan of mine gave me the Death by Symbolic mug, a very appreciated gift.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

First of all we thank them because we have received a lot of appreciation on our new release and we look forward to seeing you at our next concerts, follow us on our social channels for new news and content. 

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Obviously Chuck Schuldiner!!!

 What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

The creation and arrangement of all the ideas we accumulate and then transform them into a song, an album, a concept. At the same level of pleasure there is being able to do concerts which is the thing that satisfies us the most.

I hate being judged without even knowing us, but this happens in all categories.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I believe more meritocracy to rookie bands also who deserve it and this also applies to certain types of concerts and events.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

At The Gates – “Slaughter of the Souls”.

Q. What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I would say CD, but the charm of vinyl is undeniable.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

At Move Your Fucking Brain Extreme Fest in Barcelona. Incredible audience and I was wearing a hallucinating adrenaline, the best.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I would continue to be a bus driver which is also my job or to travel all the time.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Obviously my friends.

What’s next for the band?

Our prospects are to promote the new album as much as possible live in Italy but above all abroad. We have the intention of publishing a video clip and some playthroughs to make the interest always active.

What Social Media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

You can follow us on our social pages:

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/CerebralExtinction 
Instagram: https://instagram.com/cerebralextinction.official 
YouTube Channel: https://youtube.com/channel/UCZ_e5OeZDD_jOhUzyq7yBCA 

Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake?

I have no idea Ha Ha Ha!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

We would like to thank all the readers and you who have dedicated this time to us. Hello everybody!!!

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EMQ’s With Star Circus

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EMQ’s With Star Circus

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with UK 70s/80s inspired Rock band, Star Circus. Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist, Dave Winkler, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hi! I’m Dave Winkler. I sing and play guitar in Star Circus. I guess I’m the Ringleader.

Star Circus really started off as an album project rather than a band. I had accumulated a load of songs over the years, a couple were played in previous bands, but most were just demos that hadn’t worked out or been put forward any other projects. Towards the end of 2017 I sent producer Tony Wilson (TotalRock / Mia Klose / Scardust) a bunch of MP3’s and he really took a liking to them. A few awesome musicians got onboard, and 5 years later, after getting distracted with tribute bands US tours with signed artists, a pandemic, laptop malfunctions, we finally have “Separate Sides”!

Running parallel to that, over the last couple of years we have released 4 singles that feature on the album. The first one was ‘Love Is The Enemy’ back in February 2020. I put a band together and we did a single launch show, then we all know what happened shortly after! However, during lockdown it became clear that Star Circus needed to be a band. After a few line-up changes, we now have a great bunch of players completed by Sophie Aurélia Young (Bass / Backing Vocals), Jon Crampton (Guitar / Backing Vocals), Alex McArov (Drums) and William Robertson (Keyboards / Guitar / Backing Vocals).

How did you come up with your band name?

As I mentioned, it started as a solo project that evolved into a band. I had previously been in a lot of bands where everything we did was a group decision and I found that a lot of tours and international shows would fall through because life got in the way. I’ve been fortunate to work with some awesome musicians over the years, so the idea was that if we got offered some great opportunities, I would take them and whoever was available would do the shows, so it would be a cool bunch of songs with a revolving cast of people, a ‘Star Circus’. That concept has now changed, but it’s a cool name so we kept it.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are based in London, where I was fortunate enough to grow up. I’m sure you and many of your readers will be aware that there has been a thriving music scene in London for many decades. It takes some dips, old places close and old friends disappear, but it never really dies. There are always great gigs, club nights, bars and events to go to on the rock and metal scene particularly in the Camden and Holloway area where we’re based. There are some new places opening, but great venues like the Underworld, the Electric Ballroom and the Forum have survived.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our previous single, ‘Bridges’ came out on the 26th August. The debut album, “Separate Sides” will be released on 2nd December. It will be preceded by one more single and an accompanying video, a live-in-the-studio version of ’Times Get Tough’. So, look out for that!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Watching the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert on TV that got me into rock music when I was 11 was huge. So, Queen, Extreme, Metallica, Def Leppard and Guns ‘N’ Roses were early influences. Later I would pass a second-hand record shop on my way home from school and grab anything from Iron Maiden to Bowie, Black Sabbath to the Police and try and absorb it all.

What first got you into music?

As a kid in the 80’s I really liked a lot of radio pop music, back when people wrote real songs… I was obsessed with Top of the Pops as a toddler! This was before I’d heard a lot of heavier rock music, as my parents weren’t really into it. I like to think some of the hooks and anthemic ideas in my songs are rooted in that stuff. Everything from Duran Duran, Nik Kershaw, Level 42, Belinda Carlisle, stuff with great melodies. Not very Metal! That came later on. 

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

There are a lot of people I’d love to work with, but if I had to choose one it would be Brian May. He’s such a distinctive guitar player, a great songwriter and a lovely guy.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I really love Sweden Rock Festival, I fly over there every year (pretty much for the last 20 years) to meet up with friends and see great bands. There are some bigger international festivals like Wacken and HellFest which we would obviously be thrilled to do, but Sweden Rock is my home-from-home.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Many years ago, I got a Playboy Bunny-shaped cushion handed to me at a show at the Underworld, think it was supposed to be an early Christmas Present.

More recently our former guitarist got a Valentines card sent to his place of work from a fan in Holland. He wasn’t too happy about it – we still don’t know how she got the address!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Have… a good time… all the time.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

I’m gonna go for David Bowie. A Bowie-less world really sucks, he had so many amazing ideas, I just thought he’d live forever. 

Though Eddie Van Halen would be a close second. Luckily, I got to see Van Halen support Bon Jovi at Wembley when I was 15, then never again. Would have been great if he’d made it over to the UK in the last 25 years, but it wasn’t to be.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I really love touring, playing shows night after night and becoming an unstoppable rock n’ roll machine, it’s one big adventure. I also equally love writing and recording, putting songs together piece by piece. What I don’t enjoy so much is the social media promo stuff – sometimes upwards of 20 takes talking to a phone screen, Facebook glitches, fiddly little Instagram stories, all that. Sophie’s (bassist) much better at that stuff than me. I’m old, I’d rather just hand out flyers or talk to people on the phone!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I feel, since the advent of emails being the primary form of communication, along with social media private messages, the lack of response frustrates me. I’d rather hear ’No, sorry. We’re not interested’ than… just nothing. In my experience it’s more often labels, agents, venue promoters and management that don’t respond. Bands tend to be a little better at it, but often can’t be of much help! Since we can’t rewind the clock to a time when people answered the phone, maybe it would be better if musicians took more control and responsibility of different aspects instead of such a big team of middlemen. We would have better and more direct communication and more power. And now half my friends in the industry are gonna hate me, ha ha!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Thanks for saying ‘one of’, it gives me a chance to give a different answer! I’m gonna go for Megadeth – “Countdown To Extinction”. Many of my friends would go for “Rust In Peace” which is also great, but for me ‘Countdown…’ was where Mustaine really hit his stride with the songwriting. There’s just a perfect mix of great playing and big anthems. So there you go, some metal, finally! Next interview it will probably be something by Rick Springfield, Bryan Adams or Belinda Carlisle!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

That’s a hard one to answer. All of them have different place in my life. I guess I don’t download many albums anymore. Digitally I tend to stream stuff, so downloads probably come last. My car has a radio and CD player, so CD’s are still very integral to me. I grew up with cassette tapes, so there’s a lot of nostalgia attached to them, much like CD’s. Taking the shrink wrap off, unfolding the sleeve and checking out the photos and lyrics, putting it in the tape deck and hearing songs for the first time, long before YouTube and Spotify existed. It was all so exciting! Vinyl is amazing, but it’s a luxury purchase for people nowadays, in that sense it’s the best format. But it’s impractical, sadly I don’t get many opportunities to listen to proper records nowadays.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

That’s a really tough one. My old band opened for Skid Row at the Electric Ballroom many years ago, that felt like a great show, even though I broke my guitar strap 4 songs in!

I’m hoping the best shows are to come with Star Circus. Maybe it will be our album launch at the Camden Underworld on 26th November, come down and find out!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Not a lot probably! I discovered I make pretty awesome vegetable soup during lockdown. Maybe I could open a soup kitchen?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The original line up of KISS in full makeup and my 95-year-old grandma. Just to create all kinds of confusion and awkwardness.

What’s next for the band?

The album launch gig is at the Underworld on 26th November, we’re pretty excited about that one, and we’ve put together a killer bill. The album comes out 6 days later, we’re feeling pretty positive thanks to the reactions from the press so far! Next year we have a tour and a couple of festivals lined up for the Summer, can’t say too much yet so watch this space for announcements.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

We have a website and are on all social media platforms. Check out the links below:

https://www.starcircus.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/DWStarCircus
https://www.instagram.com/dw_starcircus/
https://www.youtube.com/c/starcircus
https://twitter.com/starcircus_band

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I personally believe they are very small cakes. Micro-cakes.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Hope to see everyone reading this at the launch, or at some shows next year. We won’t disappoint you! Keep the rock rollin’!

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EMQ’s With ExpiatoriA

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EMQ’s With ExpiatoriA

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Italian Heavy/ Thrash Metal band, ExpiatoriA. Huge thanks to their vocalist, David Krieg, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name Is David Krieg, and I’m the singer of ExpiatoriA. The band was formed at the behest of the brothers Massimo and GB Malachina (lead guitar & bass) between the end of the 80’s and the first half of the 90’s. The line-up was led by the charismatic figure of singer Massimo Cottica (a prominent figure in the Genoese underground at the time). Two demo tapes were recorded: “Tribute To Death” and “Symphonies Of Decomposed Human Flesh”. The band also participated in the compilation “Nightpieces” with the track “Sufferin’ Days”. In those years ExpiatoriA played an aggressive mix of techno thrash and obscure metal, and the band built a solid reputation thanks to the excellent reviews and live performances. Unfortunately, however, there is a setback when Max Cottica leaves the band to move to Ireland. The group was no longer able to continue with a new singer in the years to come and in the end broke up. 

In 2010 ExpiatoriA returned to the scene involving Max Cottica again, at least at the beginning. After numerous other vicissitudes and a decisive turn towards doom sounds (as was in the original intentions), the line-up reaches its current and more stable stage, with myself (David Krieg) on vocals, Edoardo Napoli on guitar, Fulvio Flux Parisi on keyboards, and Enrico Meloni on drums, as well as the Malachina brothers, of course, a.k.a. the initiators of the project.

How did you come up with your band name?

ExpiatoriA is the ancient Latin concept of “scapegoat” in the liturgical meaning of the Catholic religion. We have chosen this moniker by overturning its destination: we are no longer the freaks, the outcasts, the strange, the unwanted, and we have no sin to atone for (except those for which we accept responsibility as reasonable beings); in a sort of new inquisition, it is now WE who point the finger at the TRUE sinners and demand their atonement.

What Country / Region are you from, and what is the Metal / Rock scene like there?

We come from Genoa, Italy. The local rock / metal scene is always in turmoil and is capable of producing remarkable and even historical realities: two essential names above all, Necrodeath and Sadist. 

The problem of Genoa is the excessive provincialism of the experts who find it hard to believe in REALLY alternative productions, as well as a certain “laziness” of a part of the public who prefers to complain about the absence of important events, only to sin of guilty absenteeism when such events are finally organised. Not to mention that a large section of the public is controlled by the dominant media and totally ignores the real rock scene. 

Despite this scourge, there are brave pioneers who get involved, and among a thousand ups and downs, they manage to organise remarkable evenings or events (see the recent Metal Valley Fest with Voivod headlining, in which we also participated). In addition to this, it must be recognized that there is no shortage of valid bands. I’ll mention a few names, but there are so many: Abysmal Grief, Segno del Comando, Loculo, Winternius, Malombra, Tenebre, Stramonia, et … There are still many out there, and they are all valid.

What is your latest release?

“Shadows” is Expiatoria’s full length debut. It represents the culmination of a long and troubled journey that began in 1987. After several demo tapes, multiple line-up changes and forced breaks, the band finally freed itself from all those negative factors that have always held back its growth, and now it is ready to stay and leave an important trace in the scene.

“Shadows” will be released on November 4 2022 via Black Widow Records and Diamonds Prod. The album contains 6 tracks of doom, gothic, obscure and atmospheric heavy metal. Pre-orders are open on our Bandcamp page: https://linktr.ee/expiatoria 

“Shadows” features the contribution of some outstanding musicians within the Italian rock and metal scene: Diego Banchero (founder and bassist of label-mates, the dark prog band Il Segno del Comando) in “Asylum of the Damned”, Edmondo Romano (wind instruments for countless projects and bands) in “Asylum of the Damned”, Raffaella Càngero (voice of heavy-prog-folk band La Janara) in “Ombra – Tenebra Part 2”, and Freddy Delirio (keyboards in Italian cult horror metallers Death SS) in “7 Chairs and a Portrait”.

The song writing process has often been hindered by the pandemic and the rules to contain it, but this adversity has only strengthened our determination to pursue the goal of making a work that has been postponed for too long. We thought like a family, supporting each other, and the result is a deeply felt album, aimed at those people who don’t just listen to music superficially.

In this sense, “Krieg (My Last Song)” is an example of emotional identification.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Above all, the mighty King Diamond (both as a soloist and with Mercyful Fate). Then I could say Candlemass (and the Doom scene in general), the most obscure NWOBHM and also a pinch of dark prog. In some aspects, I could say that due to the harmonic construction of the songs and dramatic theatricality, we have some affinities with Type O Negative.

What first got you into music?

The will to create by myself what I like most to listen to. In a way it’s about giving life to your favourite music, the one that no band has ever produced in a single form: I’ve always liked the idea of taking the elements I prefer from my favourite artists and combining them in a single style. Which eventually becomes “mine”.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

I would have liked to collaborate with Antonius Rex very much, but unfortunately, his departure makes this desire impossible. I generally like to establish artistic and human relationships with other musicians, and I consider it an honour in equal measure to work with big names as well as with emerging bands. So, point blank, I’d tell you I’d like to sing on a Void of Silence album.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I’ll give you an unusual answer, considering the kind of music we offer, but I’d really love to play at the Obscene Extreme Festival if the latter weren’t exclusively dedicated to death-grind-brutal: because it has to be really fun and crazy. But it would damage our dark image, haha!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Not a real gift (intended as an object), but a personal fan of mine (who has become a real friend over time) travelled several km to visit me at my home and get to know me.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Go to live gigs as often as you can: the scene, whether it’s ExpiatoriA or any other band, must be supported in order to continue to exist. And if you are part of a band, too, don’t wage stupid wars among the poor: we are all in the same boat. It is the most banal, but also the most sincere message that I can send.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

All those who left too soon and who could have given much more to the music. Unfair to mention only one.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Considering myself an interpreter even before a musician, I take on the burden of an experience that is at the basis of every aspect related to making music, be it compositional, interpretative, management in life or more generally professional. 

In this sense, even the most pleasant aspect (which can be expressing oneself creatively) hides the other side of the coin: the spasmodic search for a catharsis which not only can also leave you in pieces, but which is not always replicable with the same intensity every time. This makes me feel the responsibility of reaching a compromise between the sincerity of my artistic expression and the duty to always maintain a high level of professionalism. In this dichotomy reside both the things I love and hate most about being a musician.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I would reform the whole record industry all over again, including the perception that people have of it, including those musicians who don’t know how to relate to it in a reasonable and productive way.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Aaarrghh!!! Too many to mention. So point blank, I say “Don’t Break the Oath” by Mercyful Fate.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Vinyl Forever!!! I benefit from all the aforementioned supports because I am not a caveman incapable of evolution, but the vinyl remains the best way to enjoy music, artwork and various details.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

The next One, I hope. Our goal is to improve from time to time.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I really don’t know… for sure, always something related to artistic expression: Given my propensity to tell stories by playing with images and words, perhaps a writer or a film-maker.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

King Diamond, Lemmy (back from the dead), the wrestler Undertaker, Jim Carrey and Julian Assange.

What’s next for the band?

Play live wherever possible: starting on November 5th, we will begin a mini Autumn tour in northern Italy, after which we will record a split with our friends Segno del Comando based on the same idea, some sort of concept album. The creation of a video clip is also in the works. The car has started, and there is a lot of gasoline.

What Social Media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

We’re on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Bandcamp: https://linktr.ee/expiatoria 

Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake?

Muffin.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Embrace the Shadows and join us in this journey through the dark. 

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EMQ’s With Féleth

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EMQ’s With Féleth

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Norwegian Melodic Death Metal band, Féleth. Huge thanks to their guitarist Alexander Stamnes, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Alexander Stamnes, I play guitar in Féleth. The band was formed in 2014 after the group transformed from Iron Bound (thrash metal) to the current line-up in Féleth. In 2016 our bassist (Brage Westgaard) joined the line-up. The following years, we wrote our first EP, “The Covenant”. The EP was released in January 2017. Shortly after the release of “The Covenant”, we began to write “Depravity”. Our first full length album released in May of 2020. 

The release gained good reviews both nationally in Norway and internationally. The album is a product of a wide set of influences from every member of the band’s line-up and showcases the band’s many influences. The years following, we began the process of writing our next full-length album, “Divine Blight”. The band has mostly played locally based venues in Troms and Finnmark since the band was formed. The highlight of the band’s career is playing Tons Of Rock in June of 2022. Earlier this year, we also played By:larm in Oslo.

How did you come up with your band name?

We came up with the band name randomly back in 2014 / 2015. it does not have any particular meaning. However, we soon discovered that it was a female first name in South America.

What Country / Region are you from and what is the Metal / Rock scene like there?

The band comes from Alta. A small town in Finnmark, Norway. The Metal / Rock scene in Alta is quite small. We are the only death metal band in the region. Although, we have some rock bands in the area (Pil & Bue and Not My Time to Die).

What is your latest release?

Our latest release is ‘USA’, the last single for our upcoming album “Divine Blight”. We have also released two other singles for the album (‘Majesty’ and ‘Avarice’). “Divine Blight” is set to be released on the 11th of November. 

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences are Rivers of Nihil, Architects, Leprous and Sylosis. Josh Middelton of Sylosis and Architects is the greatest influence for myself as a guitarist. 

What first got you into music?

I have always been fond of music. However, I got into playing guitar back in 2008 / 2009. Thinking back to that era, Iron Maiden and Metallica was the reason I got so interested in music and playing guitar. I desperately wanted to learn guitar and play guitar after listening to those bands. 

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Personally, I would love to collaborate with Architects, Rivers of Nihil, Sylosis, Fit for an Autopsy or Bleed from within. These are all bands I think are great and are bands I myself look up to. 

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I would love to play Wacken or Hellfest. These are two festivals with a big crowd, and I believe that the atmosphere there would be amazing. In addition, it would be a great opportunity for us as a band to develop, as well as motivate us to become even better.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I can’t recall getting a weird gift from a fan, like ever. So I don’t actually know. 

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Keep supporting us and believing in us. With your support we can achieve great things. 

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

I must say Cliff Burton. 

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

It is a great way to express yourself, as well as getting your ideas out in the world. It is a great way to develop yourself as an individual and it is an excellent way of meeting new and interesting people. And best of all, it is fun being a musician. I can’t think of anything that I hate about it. It’s fun most of the time. 

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

This is a big question. I think this is a question you have to discuss for a long time to find an answer to. The only thing I can come up with, is that modern music, especially popular music, is very template-like. It follows the same formula and it is very predictable. 

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of my all-time favourite albums is “And Justice for All…”  by Metallica. It is a fantastic album. 

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Vinyl is the best. 

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Up to this date, our best gig must be Tons of Rock 2022. It was a big crowd and an enormous atmosphere. 

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I am a teacher besides being a musician. So, I guess I would have to say that. 

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Josh Middleton, James Hetfield, Sam Carter, Nico McBrain and Bruce Dickinson.

What’s next for the band?

The release of “Divine Blight”. As well as a couple of gigs related to the release. 

What Social Media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people? 

You can find the band on Facebook and Instagram.
https://www.facebook.com/FelethBand
https://www.instagram.com/felethband/

You can listen to our music on Spotify and youtube. You can also find us at bandcamp.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT6yQSECz1DFXAQ5kWbwfdA
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2gm0VpLO1JoQFZdnMUGwQO
https://feleth.bandcamp.com/releases

Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake

I have no idea. I believe it is called a Barm?

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I have nothing more to add.

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EMQ’s With Heathen Hearts

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EMQ’s With Heathen Hearts

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Finnish Hardcore band, Heathen Hearts. huge thanks to their Bassist, Juhana, for taking part. 

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hi! I’m Juhana, bassist from the band called Heathen Hearts

We have all played in different bands since our teens. The foundation for this band was built in 2020, when our second guitarist Lauri started asking people to play a Turbonegro tribute show at a local Turbojugend fan club party. Obviously because of Covid that didn’t happen so at some point our drummer Ville suggested that maybe we should try out some kind of hybrid of Metal and Hardcore. And here we are.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our vocalist Antti suggested the name and we all supported the idea 100%! The name resonates with the freedom of making your own choices and being who you are. Walking your own path. Of course the name ”Heathen” also refers to a person who doesn’t share the beliefs of institutional and dogmatic religions such as Christianity. You should be able to be who you are and live your life as you see fit and others should respect that freedom. 

What Country / Region are you from and what is the Metal / Rock scene like there?

We come from a city called Kotka, (which means Eagle), on the south-eastern coast of Finland. The metal and rock scene has always been quite active here and we are home of such bands as Omnium Gatherum and Marianas Rest for example. 

What is your latest release?

We released our S/T debut EP in May 2022 accompanied with two music videos from the songs ”Ichor” and ”World of Ash”. 

Q. Who have been your greatest influences?

I think for us as a band we draw influences from Hardcore bands like Terror, Comeback Kid and Get The Shot. But in our music, there are a lot of influences from Melodic Death Metal and even Black Metal bands. 

What first got you into music?

When I was a kid we listened to a lot of music in our home. So I guess I have my parents to thank for that. I think I also have wanted to make music since I was a kid in the 80’s and saw all these cool rock and metal bands with their music videos. I formed my first band in 1996 and never stopped for a moment. 

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Hard question since there are so many good bands and artists out there these days. But I think it would be kind of cool to collaborate with someone out of our genre like Einar Selvik from Wardruna. Other guys from our band would probably suggest Dua Lipa… 🙂 But if I’d have to choose from metal/hardcore scene then maybe it would be cool to open for a band like Get The Shot. 

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

There are several. Midgardsblot Metal festival in Norway because the surroundings and the feeling are just amazing, and it’s home for all the Heathens of the world. 🙂 Of course, I have to mention Wacken in Germany and Tuska Metal festival in Helsinki, Finland. Last but not least we have an awesome Metal festival called Dark River festival here in our hometown. Looking forward to playing there some day as well. There are probably a lot of cool festivals out there that I am not aware of but looking forward to playing as many as possible in the future! 

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I have to say that I have not received any gifts yet… 

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thank you for your support and awesome feedback you have given us so far! Continue supporting live music by going to concerts. Support your favourite up and coming bands. You can make all the difference with your support. Share music that you like to your friends, buy merchandise and spread the word for example in social media. Bands and artists are nothing without your support. 

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Aleksi Laiho from Children Of Bodom / Bodom After Midnight or Peter Steele from Type O Negative.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy all aspects of being in a band and doing music. The creative phase of making and arranging new songs. Live shows, everything. I have never grown tired of it. I think I don’t hate anything about it. I genuinely like it all. 

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Easier access to playing live shows for up and coming bands.

Maybe also big radio stations could play more new music instead of hanging on to the playlists with mostly the same songs rotating over and over… Nothing wrong with the classics but maybe it could be good to sometimes make more room for new artists… Might be a good idea to bring speciality shows back that are dedicated to certain genres. And I’m talking about mainstream media here… 

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Oh, man this is hard… I guess I’d have to say ”October Rust” by Type O Negative. 

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

There is a certain feel for Vinyl and CD’s because you get the physical product and you can see the cover art etc. But of course, streaming platforms and downloads are easier and the thing today. 

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

I guess there are two gig that come to mind. The first gig we played. Full house and circle pits going on. People from 2 or 3 hours drive away came to see us. For a new band like us it was insane! The other would be the gig last summer when we participated in a national metal band competition and finished second out of 160 bands. We played in the final show in Helsinki and it was a really good gig! 

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I also have a day job, so I’m doing that. But art wise probably some other form of art. Video production maybe or writing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

A bit boring answer but my closest friends and my girlfriend.

Although as a fan of history it would be nice to have a dinner party with some of the most famous historical figures if that would be possible. 

What’s next for the band?

We are currently in the process of recording new material for our next release. It should be out at some point early 2023. We are also booking live shows in Finland for next year at the moment.

What Social Media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Here you can find all of our social media sites, music, videos and merchandise: https://linktr.ee/heathenheartshc

Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake?

My brother-in-law is from the UK so I should have some kind of clue… I’d say all the above except a muffin. 

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks so much for having us and keep doing the good work that you do! 

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EMQ’s With Factory of Art

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EMQ’s With Factory of Art

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with German Progressive Power Metallers, Factory Of Art. Huge thanks to their Vocalist, Petri, for taking part.

What’s your name, what do you play and can you tell us something about the history of the band?

My name is Petri, I’m a singer and we make Progressive Power Metal.

How did you come up with your band name?

A musician from another band with whom we shared the rehearsal room said to us one day when we didn’t have a name yet “What you’re doing there is a factory of art”, and we liked that as much as we kept it.

Which country/region are you from and what is the metal/rock scene like there?

We come from East Germany / Saxony & when we were born, it was still the German Democratic Republic (GDR, another country). Back in the 80’s every Metal concert was a liberation for us. After the fall of the wall, we could finally see the really big bands, which meant that only a few went to the small & especially regional bands. But since we started there, it was normal for us and we kept fighting. In our region there are mainly bands or events that go more in the direction of Death & Black Metal than in ours.

What is your latest release?

Our last release was the song ‘Save your Mind’ from our 1993 demo “Roadrunner Session Tape”. It was released on 07/01/2022 on the CD “SOUND & ACTION – Rare German Hardrock And Heavy Metal Vol. 2” via ZYX Music.

Latest releases would be our latest videos we made to old songs

FACTORY OF ART – NO TEARS (2021) from ALBUM: THE TEMPTER (2002) 🤘🤘🤘

Progressive Power Metal from Germany / Leipzig

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=434421177856408

FACTORY OF ART – SILENT CRYING » 

https://www.facebook.com/factoryofartband/videos/830963191141193

Who were your biggest influences?

In the beginning the great guitar heroes Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. Later, bands like Queensryche or Dream Theater.

What first got you into music?

Those were my music teachers at school. Somehow they saw potential.

If you could work with a current band or musician who would it be?

Devin Townsend.

If you could play any festival in the world, which one would you choose and why?

That would certainly be the Wacken Open Air. It has huge cult status.

What was the strangest gift you’ve ever received from a fan?

A matryoshka…. I still don’t know why to this day. [More commonly known as Russian dolls in the UK/US – Ed]

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

We would like to thank you for the support over the last 32 years – without you we would certainly not have existed for a long time, keep coming to our concerts & support us – do not stream our songs for free, but buy the CDs (preferably at the concerts) or Downloads. This is the only way we can survive and create new things. This also applies to all other bands, especially the small ones. Talk to us, talk to us.

If you could bring a rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Warrell Dane.

What do you enjoy most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Being on the go and inspiring people with your ideas and your own art. And I hate ignorance & disinterest.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

The music industry used to take care of its artists, clothing them, supporting them and building them up. That is almost non-existent today. Now the albums that are currently being offered and in which the bands have invested a lot of time, work and money are signed with profit sharing (so if something comes in you get a few crumbs) if the song is streamed somewhere in the world a band (about 5 musicians + the label + the publisher) gets about 0.003€ … you don’t have to explain much anymore – for one euro it has to be played 334 times…

It would be great if you could work well together and everyone did their job.

Can you name one of your absolute favourite albums?

“Empath” by Devin Townsend.

What is best? Vinyl, cassettes, CDs or downloads?

The noblest product is certainly vinyl.

What was the best gig you’ve played so far?

That was in the Zeche Bochum as support for Destruction.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you do?

Since this is a hobby of mine, I would go fishing more. If it were my job, I would like to be a carpenter.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My band Factory of Art & our manager Polo.

What’s next for the band?

Our new album, we have withdrawn from concerts & everything & are only rarely on stage that we are pushing it forward. The songs are written & the recordings are starting, now it’s progressing step by step in small steps. We are already looking forward to it when we to be able to publish & to be able to present the new songs to everyone on stage.

What social media/website links do you use to get your music out there?

Website: http://factory-of-art.band/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/factoryofartband/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/factoryofart.band/ 

Wikipedia: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Factory_of_Art 

All sales channels are available here: https://odesli.co/cp9znm7pqxrzp 

Jaffa Cake? Are they a cake or a cookie?

No idea…. if it tastes good, eat it, if not, not

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else you would like to add?

We say hello to everyone we’ve been able to whet their appetite and promise new, hot stuff in the near future.

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EMQ’s With The Scum

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EMQ’s With The Scum

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Columbian Death Metal band, The Scum. huge thanks to their Vocalist,José Ospina, for taking part. 

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

I am José Ospina and I am the vocalist of the traditional Colombian death metal band THE SCUM. The band has been working since 2013 and we have two EPs and two albums. Our records were mixed and mastered by renowned producers in the extreme metal scene like Tomas Skogsberbg, Dan Swano and Andy Classen. We have played shows around Colombia, especially in Bogota, which is the capital of our country playing alongside bands like Destruction, Suffocation, Incantation, The Haunted, Exciter, Pungent Stench, Tim Ripper Owens, etc. And played some shows in Ecuador as well.

How did you come up with your band name?

I joined the band in 2015 so the name was already chosen. But guitarist Santiago chose the name THE SCUM because of his appreciation for the first album of Napalm Death “Scum” and because it is a short and memorable name and sounds so good. In 2017 we changed to THE SCUM to avoid possible legal problems with other bands and because it sounds better than just Scum.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Colombia, South America. The extreme metal scene here is the strongest South American scene along with the Chilean in terms of quantity and quality of bands. Since the end of the Covid confinements here there has been an explosion of shows of international and local bands. Every week the shows are everywhere and many people are attending. We hope that the situation will continue that way in the future.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

In June Satanath records from Europe and Wild Noise productions released “The Hunger”, our second album and two weeks ago released a video of the song “The Death of light” that appears in the full length.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The pioneers of extreme metal like Celtic Frost, Venom , Bathory, Sodom , etc. And the old school death metgal bands like the two first Death albums, Benediction, Entombed, Bolt Thrower, Dismember, and a bunch of other bands.

What first got you into music?

As a fan of mostly heavy metal bands of the 80s like Barón Rojo, Iron Maiden, Dio ,Ozzy Osbourne. As a singer Thrash metal bands like Slayer, Kreator, Sodom, Possessed and early death metal bands like Benediction, Bolt Thrower, Death and Entombed among many others.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Thomas Gabriel Fisher of Triumph of Death, Triptykon. Formerly in Hellhammer, Celtic frost.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Party San or Milwaukee Death Metal Fest. Pure extreme metal festivals with a healthy touch of underground feeling!!
 

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Do whatever the hell you want!!!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Let sleeping corpses lie!!!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Producing a piece of music that comes from your own creativity and playing live with an audience reacting like wild animals to your music. I hate mostly the greedy promoters and label people that treat the musicians like shit on some occasions!!!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

The high prices of the physical material. Physical formats are a luxury now.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Celtic Frost “Morbid Tales” with “Emperors Return” as a bonus.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs or Downloads?

ONLY VINYL IS REAL!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHA

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Maybe a festival named Eje Rock in the city Pereira not far from here. And opening for Incantation and Suffocation in Bogota two weeks ago.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I teach philosophy at a University!!!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Five hot chicks!!! Hahahahaha

What’s next for the band?

Promote the album like crazies!!!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

You can visit us at  our official page Www.the-scum.com or https://www.facebook.com/thescummusic
https://www.instagram.com/thescumband/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4Ty8gmffA4KE6JVBzQQo1J#_=_
https://satanath.bandcamp.com/album/sat342-the-scum-the-hunger-2022 

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What are you talking about?????

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks for the interview. Horns up for all the readers of this site!!!

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EMQ’s With HYPNAGONE

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EMQ’s With HYPNAGONE

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview with French Progressive Modern Metal band, Hypnagone. huge thanks to their guitarist, Yann Roy, for taking part. 

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Well my name is Yann ROY and I’m the guitarist of HYPNAGONE, which I believe we can call “prog, modern metal” if it makes any sense, even if I’d rather call it a “metal band”. Whatever, everyone will consider the style of the band by his own references. Concerning its history, the band is simply the gathering of best friends that met at Nancy’s M.A.I in 2017, that shared the same musical tastes and wishes and just worked to realize them with the band and ‘’Qu’il Passe’’.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our bass player Antoine, the founding member of Hypnagone, found the name. Contrary to what some may think, “Hypnagone” does not refer to any geometric figure or stuff like that, nor any eccentric ideas, but to “hypnagogia”.

What Country / Region are you from and what is the Metal / Rock scene like there?

We are from the east of France, Nancy. The local scene is really vivacious, we have lots of great places to play (l’Autre canal, la Laiterie, Chez Paulette etc.), and awesome bands like Death Whore (Antoine is, by the way, their bassist), Bridge of Souls, Berlin Heart, Disregard us, etc.

What is your latest release? 

Our first album “Qu’il Passe”. We are really proud to finally release this first work and we can’t wait to have the first impressions on it!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Metallica, Periphery, “Ocean Machine” of Devin Townsend and Strapping Young Lad’s “ “Melana Chesmata” by Triptykon, Vangelis and his work for Blade Runner, “Endtroducing” of DJ Shadow, and last but not least Vertikal of Cult of Luna. Here are the most fundamentals influences of Hypnagone.

What first got you into music?

It was Metallica’s ‘’Français Pour Une Nuit’’. The location, the songs, the playing, everything was gathered to make a huge impression, and sure enough I was hooked. The DVD is still in my bookshelf to this day and I watch it from time to time, it never misses to make an impact.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

In my concern it would be Hangman’s chair, and I already know Antoine would tell you Cult of Luna or Brutus ; Jackou would say Periphery, and Adri would say that he doesn’t care ahah. But what is sure is that the entire band would have a guest solo of Tim Cappello!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

It would obviously be “Festival de Nimes”, which takes place in the ancient arenas of Nimes, precisely where Metallica did their “Français Pour Une Nuit”. Who wouldn’t dream to play in such a place? Playing under the watch of Maximus Decimus … pretty tempting!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I’ll tell you when I’ll receive one ahah.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

A huge thanks, because the reactions and overall feedbacks are very positives for a debut album and a new band, we have more listenings than I could have expected, and we can already see that some people are really following us, which is not only surprising, but truly incredible ! So, thanks to all, because without you, we couldn’t be anything.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Peter Steele, without a doubt. He was such a great musician, such a wonderful singer (here I am thinking about the song ‘Wolf Moon’) … I regret we have so few albums and songs of Type O …

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Actually, I think I hate more things than I enjoy to be honest. I could try to be “attractive” and “nice” and lie, but I prefer to be honest (even if I understand why some have to and don’t blame them for it). The most important and enjoyable part, for me, is the writing and rehearsing process. When your songs, your own feelings become alive and acquire their own flesh so to speak. The shows are different, and usually you’re dependant on conditions that you have no control over, which can be very, very frustrating. But sometimes when everything goes right, when the crowd are with you and all the right circumstances are gathered, then some shows are really unforgettable. But still, it is a very frustrating side of music … There’s no need to explain why music and furthermore metal have changed and is, for me, not so attractive anymore, and moreover it would not be useful. The only thing I can say is that, no matter what is uncomfortable in music, we couldn’t stop. It’s a too important part of us, so we do what we have to.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Because I would change everything, let’s say nothing.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I have many, but right now I’m thinking of “Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia”, by Dimmu Borgir. I love almost all of Dimmu’s work, but this one is very unique to me.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs or Downloads?

CDs, because I drive a lot and this is the support available in my GOLF ahah.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

It wasn’t with Hypnagone, because our first gigs have not happened yet. But otherwise, it was when I was still in Dust In Mind, when we opened for Hypocrisy and Soilwork in Köln.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

What I’m currently doing in the same time: philosophy. Besides Hypnagone, Antoine and I are ending our philosophy studies, so I would be teacher or researcher.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rick O’Connell, Hank Moody, Rick Bugenhagen, Guts and Peter Steele. Would be great for sure, wouldn’t it?

What’s next for the band?

A. We are getting ready for the first shows! We can’t wait to make our songs alive on stage and to share them with the audience and fans. I’m very curious to see how it will sound. Besides, we are already working on the next songs to come.

What Social Media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people? 

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/HYPNAGONE
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/hypnagone/
Bandcamp : https://hypnagone.bandcamp.com/

Overall, here’s a link to condense all the others : https://orcd.co/hypnagone-quil-passe

Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun, a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake?

I would say … a Batch? I don’t know, but thanks to you there’s one thing more to eat and discover before I die!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

First of all, let me thank you for your questions: I’m really happy to have had the chance to speak not only about my project Hypnagone, but about music we all love and share, so thank you for this opportunity! Otherwise, I just want to thank everyone, because so far the overall feedback is tremendous, which is pretty surprising insofar we are playing a very particular type of music. I would have expected more negative reactions, and even the critical feedbacks were very relevant to me; thereby, let me be the spokesman of the band and thank every person which did or will listen to our work!

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EMQ’s With exPorter

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EMQ’s With exPorter

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with USA based Rock trio, exPorter. huge thanks to them all for taking part. 

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Henry: Hello, my name is Henry Kish and I play drums.

Destin: Hey there, I am Destin Cavazos and I sing and play bass in the band.

Alec: And I am Alec Cavazos (yes, Destin and I are related) and I play guitar and sing in exPorter.

So exPorter as a band really got started in 2018 when Henry joined, but Destin and I have been playing in bands for a long time. We started as a three piece in 2015 consisting of us two, Alec and Destin, joined by our friend Jess on drums. That band was called Adjective (adj.),it was our first band that started this and it remained that way until mid 2017, when Jess got into school. We had our friend Owen play drums for a bit and changed the band name to “Porter” since “adj” used the first initials of our first group. 

Destin: Yeah, Alec and I have been playing music for more than 10 years, even longer if you count messing around on Rock Band. That’s some real exPorter trivia for you about our history and how we got started. Our dad came into the mancave and saw us rocking out on the Wii and said if you want to be real rock stars you better learn how to really play instruments. But exPorter was born when Henry joined. We had a show that we needed a drummer for, so we asked Henry to play, and you could tell this was a good line-up at that show. It was his first time ever playing in front of people, but he killed it and we decided to really pursue this music thing. 

How did you come up with your band name?

Alec: So after adj, we went to Porter based off of this college that Destin got kicked out of and off of John Porter who was one of the Smith’s first producers. Our dad is a huge Smiths fan, saw this documentary of the band and asked what we thought. It was pretty coincidental that those happened at the same time, but we really liked the name Porter. 

Destin: We had some cool marketing materials made up including our mascot “Porty” and everything. And, for the record, my getting kicked out of that school was total B.S. When Henry joined and we knew we wanted to started recording more of our own stuff, we found out there was already a band named Porter out of Mexico – so we had to change it again. We’re pretty big fans of Blink-182 and knew about their legal hassles with their name so why not change ours before we got sued? We talked about a couple of names, we thought about Porter-123 and then settled on “exPorter” … and we got to keep “Porty” which was cool.

What Country / Region are you from and what is the Metal / Rock scene like there?

Alec: All of us live in the U.S., though we’re in different states right now. We all grew up in Santa Barbara, CA and that’s where we started playing. SoCal obviously has a HUGE music scene in general and Santa Barbara actually has a pretty cool scene going on at the moment. There seems to be a cycle that happens with bands here with a lot of bands coming out of here like Toad The Wet Sprocket, you have reggae like Iration or Rebelution, Lagwagon… they were all like 90’s and early 2000’s and we’re hoping the next cycle is starting with exPorter. A lot of cool bands right now that we’re playing with… Loc Dawgs, Trout Club, Lizard’s Mouth. We’ve played shows with them and others and there’s just a good vibe with all these bands. 

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Destin: We’ve got our debut album “NoBrakesNoBrakesNoBrakes” that just came out in May so we’re really working to promote that – hopefully people are listening to it already! If not, hop on over to your favorite streaming type site and give it a try. 

The feature single we went with is called “Your Boyfriend” and it did really well on radio getting up to #24 on the specialty charts. We’re figuring out the next single to feature but we think it’s going to be ‘Lusitania’. We did some low-key release with it and it got good response, so I think it’s time to get that one out there for you all. 

Who have been your greatest influences?

Henry: For me, The Who was one of the first bands I ever heard and they’re a pretty big influence on me today. I’m also really into Turnstile these days.

Alec: Tom DeLonge has probably been the greatest influence on me for sure. He’s why I play guitar and I love his stuff from Blink to AVA to Boxcar. Not a lot that guy does that doesn’t make an impact on me. 

Destin: I think it’s classic that Blink gets back together and now they’re doing probably the biggest tour next year with Turnstile. Two bands that easily influence us so how do we get exPorter on that show???

I actually have a ton of bands that have influenced me. Like how can I not pick all the Pop-Punk and Emo bands that I grew up listening to? Blink, early Green Day, Fall Out Boy, MCR, Panic!… I also grew up listening to a lot of 80’s bands too, because that’s what our parents listened to, so you’ll have a band like Crowded House in there. And I’m talking deep cuts and Neil Finn’s catalogue so there’s a ton of great music just from him that’s gotten into my brain. 

Finally, you have the Riot Girl era of female-led 90’s Rock bands also had a significant impact on me; bands like Garbage, The Cranberries, and Lush, they put out such a punchy, pithy brand of Rock music, I don’t think there’s a lot that really holds up to that genre in terms of energy. You see some of that flavour coming back these days too, with artists like Snail Mail, Cherry Glazerr, etc. and I think it’s exciting to see that fiery feminine energy becoming more mainstream again.

What first got you into music?

Alec: As Destin said it really does go back to the Wii for us. Once we started with lessons it wasn’t that long till we were writing songs together. Destin really picked up the bass easily, but it took me a while to figure it out with the guitar – but once I did I don’t think I’ve stopped playing. 

Henry: For me it was my parents that got me into music. I got my dad’s old drum kit as a way I think to keep me busy, but I loved it from the start.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Henry: I think exPorter would and should collaborate with just about anyone. We’re just starting out so we can’t be picky. 

Alec: Yeah that would have to be Tom DeLonge for me. Like maybe helping us produce our next album.

Destin: Man, so many bands to choose from here but I think my answer would have to be Danny Elfman, with or without Oingo Boingo. 

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Alec: Riot Fest would be a cool one. It always has such a banger line up full of bands from various genres that I love including some of our idols so sharing a stage with them would be awesome!

Henry: Maybe the craziest festival that I know of is Woodstock 99. Though there were tons of absurdities going on, I can’t deny that the videos of those concerts are pretty awesome. Plus who wouldn’t want to share the stage with Kid Rock?

Destin: When We Were Young fest, it’s definitely our vibe. Those are ALL the bands we grew up listening to. I think that since Warped Tour is gone that would be the next best thing.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Alec: If you count words as a gift, I’d say a guy saying we sound like Green Day and the Sex Pistols is definitely weird. He came up to us after our last show this Summer at the Milk Bar (San Francisco) We don’t get Green Day all the time, but we will hear that every now and then and never have we gotten Sex Pistols, but hey San Francisco people know best! 

Henry: Maybe if I ever receive a gift, I’ll let you guys know, but as of now I’m just happy to see us play. That’s the greatest gift.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Henry: I think we really just want people to know that this is a real band, and we love playing together. Having anyone listen to our music really means a lot.

Destin: It’s very surreal and humbling to have someone listen to our music and say they like it. We’re not a manufactured band just putting out something cause it’s what’s cool at the moment. We’re three guys playing music that we love and to have you like it is more special to us than you would ever know. 

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Alec: To me Kurt Cobain is the obvious answer. It would’ve just been interesting to see where Nirvana would have gone as the 2000’s came and now into 2020’s. I would imagine a giant reunion tour, like Blink and MCR.

Henry: I’d be really interested to see what Kurt would be up to nowadays.

Destin: David Bowie. The man is such an icon.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Destin: Well like I said before, we love playing. I love writing and playing music with these guys and getting to run around to different towns and rock out at different venues. Right now, I think the worst part is having to lug all of our equipment around to shows.

Henry: I love improving and learning from others and I absolutely hate making mistakes on stage (even if nobody notices).

Alec: I love performing most of all for sure and I definitely hate like writers block when I really am in the mood to write which is like always. I can’t stand when I have an idea and I know what I want to say but can’t say it.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Henry: I would love there to be less blah pop music and a way to make us somewhat more popular.

Alec: It would be great to have easier access to radio and streaming programs, it’s all very political and easily bought nowadays. We’ve been pretty lucky to have stations all over the country play us and we’re grateful for that, but getting on regular rotation is not easy. Same with playlists, super grateful for the ones that have us on but when you look at some you know it’s just paid for crap. 

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Destin: Ah man, these questions aren’t fair…how can I choose when there are SOOOO many great ones. But since you just want “one” of my favorites, Everything in Transit by Jack’s Mannequin.

Henry: “Songs for the Deaf” (Queens of the Stone Age) just came to mind.

Alec: Blink-182 “Untitled”. There are definitely others that I think sometimes challenge it, but it remains in top because with every listen it gets better!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs or Downloads?

Alec: I personally love CDs, I have so many now it’s crazy. I think physical copies of an album is so much more fun to show-off and enjoy owning it, but streaming makes it so easy.

Destin: Cassettes look cooler, but nothing really plays them anymore, so I’d go with CDs.

Henry: Vinyl for sure, no question!

Destin: Yeah, we’d love to put our stuff out on vinyl, but it was crazy expensive. Maybe we can add that to things we’d like to change in the industry – cheaper ways for small bands to produce actual records. 

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Alec: I’m kind of hoping that we haven’t had our best gig yet 😊 One thing we try to do as a band is to try and make each next thing better than the last thing. It can be a show or an album or even T-shirts so hopefully our best show is still out there. But if I had to pick one so far, I’ll go with one of the first shows we did with Henry. We got asked to do this Halloween show and it was for like 3 hours. We didn’t have a drummer and we’re supposed to fill 3 hours? But we pulled it off. We had people yelling for more and we’re like, “we don’t have anything else”.

Henry: I think the shows we’ve done at the Milk Bar have been great. It’s been the last stop on our last tour, and I think they’ve just been really high energy.

Destin: The Hinds show is a personal highlight for me just cause it was soooo cool opening for them. They’re a favourite band of mine and we got asked to open like a week before the show, but we were in for sure. Henry was in Colorado, so we flew him in, we had an hour to practice and then it was show time. There was another band called Hearty Har which is John Fogerty’s son’s so he was in the audience. It was pretty surreal, and I think we had an awesome set. All of the bands had great sets and all of them were so cool to us the whole time. A highlight for sure.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Alec: This question has come up before and I think it’s awesome that we all said we’d probably be teachers. Henry did this archaeology dig as part of school so he’s an archaeology professor. I have always loved history, so I’ll be a history teacher. And Destin was an English major, so he’d be an English teacher. We could all work at the same school and do the band thing on weekends. 

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Alec: Well for me it has to be every member that has ever been a member of Blink-182, I’ve always been curious as to how that would all turn out. I’d imagine it’d be awkward at first but at the end we’d all be hugging.

Destin: Jordan Peele, Chris Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Gerard Way and our friend and first drummer, Jess Lord.

Henry: Samwise Gamgee, Arragorn, Frodo, Gandolf, and Gimli.

What’s next for the band?

Alec: Right now our main focus as a band is to get out and keep promoting the debut album. Remember, we just released “NoBrakesNoBrakesNoBrakes” in May and we’re trying to get as many people to check it out. It’s about a year out of our lives so we’d love to have you take a listen. So far, the reception has been great from what we know, but we want more and more people to listen and let us know what they think. Then it’s figure out the next single to feature, probably ‘Lusitania’, just sayin’. And then it’s plan out some Winter and Spring shows. Hopefully get a nice little tour for Summer ’23. And writing, Destin and I have a bunch of new songs we need to go through. 

What Social Media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people? Please include any links

Destin: Instagram is probably the easiest way to see what we’re up to, we’re pretty active there – 
https://www.instagram.com/exporter.band/

For streaming, check us on Spotify – 
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3jfTdDZQ7SrLeQD9t9z8IZ

And to see us messing around, you can check out our YouTube channel –
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvx6hOKk578Wzau8PSNWkew

Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake?

Destin: Awesome…as a 3 piece maybe we can get this right 😊 I’m going to go with – Bap.

Alec: Muffin? Maybe? My instinct to what I would say goes to roll, but I’m going to go with muffin.

Henry: I have absolutely no idea, I think this falls into the French fry debacle. In the US they’re called English muffins, but I hear that’s very wrong. I’ll go with crumpet because it sounds the funniest with a British accent.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Alec: Just to say thanks for having us here. Like we said, it’s pretty cool to have someone listen to our stuff and hopefully like it. Having people take any interest in our band is awesome and you should know how much we appreciate it.

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